After House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected two Republicans from joining the panel to investigate the January 6 attack on the Capitol, Minority House Leader Kevin McCarthy pulled all of the GOP members that were set to serve on the committee as a form of protest.
McCarthy was given the opportunity to select five members to join the committee, but Pelosi also has the power to reject any of those selections, which she chose to do after two of McCarthy’s choices. He selected Rep. Jim Jordan, of Ohio, and Rep. Jim Banks, of Indiana, who have long been outspoken supporters of former President Trump and his egregiously false claims of voter fraud that prompted the insurrection on January 6.
After Pelosi’s rejection, McCarthy responded angrily, saying, “Unless Speaker Pelosi reverses course and seats all five Republican nominees, Republicans will not be party to their sham process and will instead pursue our own investigation of the facts.”
As of right now, the committee is made up of eight members that Pelosi hand-picked herself. One of them is a Republican, Rep. Liz Cheney, of Wyoming, who has been a harsh critic of Trump’s, so much so that Republicans have even revoked some of her responsibilities. Cheney, in statement, said that she agreed with Pelosi’s decision to reject the two nominees. She even went as far as to say that Jordan could be a “material” witness in the investigation, due to his consistent spreading of false information and inciting of violence.
Pelosi said in a statement, “With respect for the integrity of the investigation, with an insistence on the truth and with concern about statements made and actions taken by these Members, I must reject the recommendations of Representatives Banks and Jordan to the Select Committee. The unprecedented nature of January 6th demands this unprecedented decision.”
Three of the Republicans that McCarthy selected for the committee voted against the certification of the results of the 2020 election. Now, none of the five he nominated will serve on the committee, as the GOP looks to create a narrative that the investigation is a partisan one that will focus too much on the former President, despite the fact that he did, in fact, play a part in inciting it.
The investigation is still set to proceed with no delay as there is bipartisan representation on the committee. Hearings are set to start next week to begin the investigation, and House Republicans are now debating starting their own independent investigation in retaliation to Speaker Pelosi’s decision.